The Haven Project in Horning, Norfolk

Project: The Haven Project in Horning, Norfolk

The Haven Project in Horning, Norfolk, has been named as the winner of the Residential Design of the Year at the 2011 Spirit of Ingenuity Awards. The Awards, hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects, are a prestigious annual ceremony that recognises the design, ingenuity and architectural excellence of architects and their clients across the east of England. The Spirit of Ingenuity Awards are exclusively open to projects and designs based in the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Haven Project provides a gracefully designed and sustainable new house and boathouse, perfectly complementing its surroundings in the picturesque waterside village of Horning. Work began on the site in April 2010, taking just over 11 months before completion in Feb 2011.

Due to the high probability of flooding in the Norfolk Broads, only materials that possess long-lasting durability and the ability to cope with a wet climate would be able to meet the demands of the project. Enter Accoya wood!

Accoya wood is the only timber able to face the challenge of being exposed to such conditions without shrinkage and reduced performance. Accoya has been proven to outperform even the best tropical woods in these respects. For this project the Accoya wood, was used for cladding, decking and screening. Architects, Lambert, Scott and Innes modernised the design by creating a unique, curved Accoya rear screen; this was to resemble a traditional wooden boat construction.

Lee Burgess, Project Architect said: “We wanted to leave a legacy for the family and for the environment. The result is a contemporary pavilion that seems to float above the landscape; the low nautical form of the boathouse creates an elegant appearance in such a beautiful natural setting”

Accsys Technologies CEO, Paul Clegg is delighted that the Accsys produced Accoya is such a big part of this award-winning project: “It is a huge honour that the Royal Institute of British Architects have recognised this outstanding design and construction. We are proud that Accoya wood enabled this design through its ability to simultaneously be tough, durable and aesthetically pleasing”. RIBA judges said of the project: “This is a stunning holiday house on a corner plot in the Norfolk Broads with two river frontages replacing a single storey chalet. As a total concept, combining dwelling, boathouse, garden and new mooring, the scheme hangs together with consistent materials and contrasting geometrical forms”